Shepherd and flock
Perfection
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You may have come across people with the trait of perfectionism.

These are those whose cars must be “detailed” so that every crease and crevice must be completely devoid of detritus; those whose table centerpieces have to be “just so” before serving a meal can be contemplated; those who are always picking that speck of lint from your clothes!

For ...

Flowers
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One of the side benefits of this Internet Age is that at holiday time it is super easy to send greetings and good wishes to those on the periphery of our acquaintance. The flip side of that coin is that we are reminded of people with whom we have otherwise had no interaction for a year. Many of their messages are short and sweet and totally predictable, ...

Power
Patience
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Patience is a virtue, Possess it if you can, Seldom found in women, And never in a man!” — Scottish Folk Wisdom

Patient endurance attained to all things; Whom God possesseth in nothing is wanting; Alone God sufficeth!” — Teresa of Avila

I grew up heartily annoyed by the little doggerel at the top! I am blessed with ...

Sleeping Baby
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I write these lines only ten days before Christmas. The news is full of political strife, devastating weather phenomena, yet another pandemic extending variant, topped off by a drastic drop in giving to The Salvation Army’s Christmas outreach programs.

I mentioned in a previous note that my neighbor has an illuminated sign on his lawn proclaiming ...

Smoke alarm
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Beep! (Please no!) Beep!

A smoke detector started beeping and woke me at 2 am. I am a “night owl” and had just gone to bed 30 mins previously.

I knew there wasn’t a fire because it was not producing the piercing shriek that wakes everyone in the neighborhood, but rather it was just a loud, obnoxious ...